Harry Reidy from Culford School, Suffolk was awarded first place in the Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for schools 2014 at a ceremony in London. Two runner-up prizes were awarded to the Year 6 pupils from Griffin Primary School, London and Rosie Rendles from Whitley Bay High School, Tyne and Wear.
Harry Reidy, aged 18, received £2,000 and his school's art department was awarded £10,000 to spend on art and computer equipment. The two runners-up Griffin Primary Year 6, and Rosie Rendles, aged 17, each received £1,000, and their schools were awarded £5,000.
The judges for this year’s prize were the author and illustrator Laura Dockrill, art advisor to Deutsche Bank and critic Alistair Hicks, artist Bob and Roberta Smith and Saatchi Art director Rebecca Wilson.
Judge Laura Dockrill commented, “The standard and quality of work entered was absolutely remarkable. What the Saatchi Gallery are doing is phenomenal; showcasing the work of young artists and having their wonderful imaginations splattered onto the gallery walls, installing confidence into young people by recognising their talent and taking their work seriously. This competition is necessary. It is making dreams come true.”
Colin Grassie, Deutsche Bank UK CEO who presented the awards said "Deutsche Bank has long supported contemporary art and values the creativity and innovation which art can bring to young people's development. We are proud to support the Saatchi Gallery and its Art Prize for Schools which is an excellent example of how the arts can support education."
Deutsche Bank's support of the Prize is part of our commitment to helping young people access opportunities and fulfil their potential. The bank’s youth engagement programme, Born to Be, has enabled the Saatchi Gallery to offer tailored artist-led workshops to pupils from schools in disadvantaged areas, increasing their understanding of fine art processes, having the opportunity to work with specialist art materials and giving them support in entering the prize process.
An exhibition of the 20 shortlisted entries is at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Sq, King's Road, London SW3 4RY from 27th February – 5th March.
To find out more about Born to Be please click here